Camino del Norte 1/4 - From San Sebastian to Bilbao
This first section of the Camino del Norte takes you from the city of San Sebastian to Bilbao. San Sabastian makes a wonderful starting point for the Camino del Norte. Located on the Bay of Biscay in the mountainous Basque Country, San Sebastian is known for its beaches and waterfront promenade. Here you can enjoy world-renowned cuisine as well as the more informal dining experience of Pinxto’s and wine pairings.
This walk will take you from the city out along the coastline past traditional whaling towns to arrive in the harbour village of Getaria. From here continuing to follow the coastline, walking on quiet country roads will take you to the wonderful beach town of Deba. After Deba you will move inland through the countryside and will not come back to the sea until Bilbao. In Markina you will witness a village that holds strongly to its Basque traditions. Following cobbled roads, passing an ancient Monastery and woodland you will arrive to Gernika. Farmland, forest and traditional villages take you then to Lezama before your last day from here through more farmland to summit of Mount Avril where you get a spectacular view of Bilbao before descending to the industrial port city that mixes the modern with the old to spectacular effect.